Our prediction for this Champions League match:
There will be fireworks when Real Madrid and Chelsea face each other in the Champions League quarter-finals, return leg on Tuesday evening. Los Blancos continue to rely on Karim Benzema, who scored a hat-trick in London, while towering centre-back Eder Militao misses out through suspension. Both Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic are sidelined with injuries, while Isco is back to contention.
The Blues, on the other hand, aim to overcome a two-goal deficit at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Since Thomas Tuchel’s troops have no other choice but to adopt an attack-minded approach in the second leg, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered. As for the visiting side, both Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi remain in the recovery room, while Cezar Azpilicueta is a major doubt following his recent positive test for coronavirus. Romelu Lukaku, though, should recover in time to face Carlo Anotelotti’s men.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.